At Lawrence Elementary, the mission and vision declarations help direct everything they do. "Each student will graduate with the skills required to contribute and thrive in a changing world, as their mission states." The year 2020 has certainly been full of unexpected changes. While they are in a world dominated by health problems, their highly trained staff remain dedicated to ensuring rigorous learning for all students and participating in an environment that is inclusive and nurturing.
When they begin the 2020-2021 school year, their employees, pupils, and families can continue to understand and apply the framework and values of The Leader in Me. The Leader in Me is based on 7 Behaviors by Stephen Covey. Although when they graduate, kids must be competent, they must also be safe, committed, responsible, and loving individuals. They are given opportunities to lead, as each child learns and grows his or her unique gifts and talents. As leaders, in their own education, they become involved, committed partners and their self-confidence, accountability, and initiative develops. Kids understand the advantages of various abilities and strengths quickly; they learn to listen to new ideas, work together to produce results, and inspire each other to be the best. At a time in which they are continuously adjusting to changing environments, all of these skills will be useful.
Their campus originally opened as the Satellite Campus in November 2016. Owing to a large influx of elementary students to the school system during the 2016 calendar year, it was a temporary overflow school to handle over-enrollment in LVJUSD. LVJUSD placed the campus at the site of the former Portola Elementary School, taking into account students and their families, as well as shifting demographic patterns and underutilized district properties. Portola Elementary was a famous school that opened in 1962 and had a major refurbishment that included the building in 2003 of a new media center. In 2009, it was closed, but the site was preserved and gradually once again became home to a thriving school community.
These early beginnings of their school are the result of a great initiative by the community and a desire to hold families in a healthy learning atmosphere together. Opening a mid-year school is almost unheard of and a testament to the Herculean efforts of the school system to always do what is best for students.
The Trustees of LVJUSD agreed during the 2016/17 school year to keep the Satellite Campus permanently open to continue the good work that began in November. The administration of the district and its school community immediately started to make preparations and execute projects to this end, the most prominent of which was the new school's naming process. Two 5th grade Satellite Campus students, along with faculty and parent naming committee members, collected ideas, held votes, and proposed three naming choices to the Trustees in order to engage their valued group of students, teachers, and families. For its decades-long association with the Livermore academic and civic communities and its many contributions to the field of research, the name "Lawrence" was put forward to honor Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The Trustees agreed on this recommendation and on July 1, Lawrence Elementary School was officially founded.
Lawrence Elementary School is an open-boundary, leadership-focused school. The STEAM program is led by an outstanding faculty and administration team, assisted by a special Makerspace connected to a vibrant school library, both of which provide teachers at every grade level with useful and appropriate tools to completely round out Lawrence Elementary's STEAM-powered vision. Their Makerspace is a vision of what learners need to explore every facet of STEAM in the 21st century and keeps our students engaged and challenged. Lego walls, green-screen technology, robots, coding, and rock art are some examples of these possibilities. They will have an outdoor learning lab and garden in the future, which will supplement the Makerspace and school science lab by providing their students with additional, hands-on opportunities to learn and develop.
Livermore, California has so many amazing schools to check out. Here’s a brief list you should see on your next visit:
Sunset Elementary School
Arroyo Seco Elementary School
William Mendenhall School
Altamont Creek Elementary School
Valley Montessori School
Leo R. Croce Elementary School
St. Michael School
Granada High School
All of these wonderful schools are located just a short distance from our location in Dublin, California on Village Parkway.